“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.”
― Brian Jacques,
Emotions are our feelings. Literally. We feel them in our bodies as tingles, hot spots and muscular tension. There are cognitive aspects, but the physical sensation is what makes them really different.
The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter. Take a look at the pictures from history which reveal the true emotions of mankind.
The boy with the sapphire eyes. The photographer was bombarded with people accusing her of photoshop. She posted many other pictures of the boy proving that his eyes were really sapphire blue. The bright blue eyes represents Ocular Albinism or Juvenile uveitis. Both conditions cause the pigment of the iris to be less dense.
A Shell Shocked soldier sits in a trench during the Battle of Courcelette in mid-September 1916. Shell shock was the reaction of soldiers in World War I to the heavy trauma of battle. It has been described as a reaction to the intensity of the bombardment and fighting that produced a feeling of helplessness appearing variously as panic, or flight, an inability to reason, sleep, walk or talk. “Simply put, after even the most obedient soldier had enough shells rain down on him, without any means of fighting back, he often lost all self control.”
This little girl at 9 years old suffers from Agent-Orange disabilities. During the Vietnam war the U.S. sprayed some 12 million gallons of the harmful chemical throughout farms and jungles in order to kill the vegetation to flush out Vietcong forces. Although it was stopped 30 years ago the dioxin from Agent-Orange is still wreaking havoc on people American and Vietnamese alike.
Sharbat Gula was orphaned during the Soviet Union’s bombing of Afghanistan and sent to the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan in 1984. Her village was attacked by Soviet helicopter gunships sometime in the early 1980s. The Soviet strike killed her parents, forcing her, her siblings and grandmother to hike over the mountains to the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in neighboring Pakistan
8. Lost Innocence
This is Ahmed, an 8 year son of a Syrian rebel fighter. He stands guard with a cigarette and his AK-47. He is one of the youngest fighters to be involved in the areas civil war. His eyes have seen things no 8 year old should ever have to witness making him cold and emotionless at such a young age.
Bibi Aisha is 18 years old. In a practice known as baad, her father promised her to a Taliban fighter when she was 12 years old as compensation for a killing that a member of her family had committed. She was forcefully married at 14 and subjected to constant abuse. When she was 18, she fled the abuse but was caught by police, jailed, and immediately returned to her family. Her father returned her to the her in-laws she escaped from. To take revenge on her escape, her father-in-law, husband, and three other family members took Aisha into the mountains, cut off her nose and her ears, and left her to die. She was later rescued by aid workers and the U.S. military. Her mutilated face on the cover of Time magazine sparked controversy over the threat that looms over every Afghan woman.
A 15 year old German soldier named Hans-Georg Henke cries after being captured by the US 9th Army on April 3, 1945. He was a member of the German anti-air squad and joined after he lost his father in 1938 and his mother in 1944. He joined to support himself and his world was crumbling around him.
This photo shows a man on his knees knowing he is about to be executed and buried in a mass grave. This photo came from a soldiers personal album labeled “Last Jew of Vinnitsa”. In 1941 all 28,000 Jews in Vinnitsa and the surrounding areas were massacred.
These images show the raw beauty that is the emotion within all of us. Whether it be the best time of our lives or the absolute worst we all experience emotion that consumes us. It is more powerful than anything we can understand and drives us to be who we are. The most amazing part is that our eyes tell everything.